“This book will make your head spin. I was constantly on the edge of my seat.” — Electively Paige

Prey of Desire coverPrey of Desire‘ is featured on ElectivelyPaige.com, a book review site. They wrote:

“*I received this book for review from the author, this in no way affects my thoughts as expressed in this review*

“I was so excited to read this book! I have been a big fan of Mr. Gatlin since, not very long ago actually, I read his amazing novella. So, when I found out he had another book out I jumped at the chance to read it! 

“A prologue opens this book and from the first page I was hooked. JC just has a way with words, let me tell you. This book will make your head spin. I was constantly on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down. You will have so many guesses as to how the book will end but you will not see the ending coming. I absolutely loved it. If you are a lover of fantastic action-packed thrillers that make you think, ones that really make your mind work over time, well this is the book for you. 

“I considered myself a fan of this author from the first few pages of The Designated Survivor but reading Prey of Desire cemented it. He has definitely gone on my auto-read list and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next! ” — Paige Boggs, ElectivelyPaige.com

To read the full review, click here.

“The ending really took me by surprise” – Long & Short Reviews

Girl ReadingPrey of Desire was reviewed by the book review site Long & Short Reviews. They wrote:

Prey of Desire is a psychological thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Mysteries abound and there is a cast of characters who are each rather weird in their own way, so there are myriad suspects. I had the mystery all solved, several times, actually, but none of my solutions were the right one. I was totally fooled and the ending really took me by surprise.

Kim is a college student who broke up with her long-time boyfriend, but she wants him back. Even when her neighbor and friend, Mallory, sets her up on various blind dates, Kim resists. She keeps getting messages from Ross and she is sure they will get back together.

The tension builds on every page. People seem to be following Kim or staring at her. The descriptions are so real that I wouldn’t want to read this novel at night. It was definitely scary. Knowing that there had been other victims twenty-five years ago and knowing that the murderer was still striking in the same horrible way drives the story forward even though Kim herself has little knowledge of the past or the other victims.

The characters are well portrayed and they all seem very real, although many are not people that I would ever want to meet. Some are just wild, like Mallory, but some have serious problems. I was very glad that Kim has Zeus, a Doberman, although she certainly does have her hands filled trying to manage him.

The plot is filled with twists and turns, taking things in directions that I never expected. Mysterious phone calls, love notes, gifts, keep appearing and Kim thinks they are from Ross, but … who is actually sending these messages?

Readers of mystery thrillers are sure to be captured by this heart-stopping book. I just wouldn’t recommend reading it after dark.

To read the full review, click here.

Dean C. Moore calls Prey of Desire: “Fast paced, fun, with that extra shot of adrenaline”

Prey of Desire coverDean C. Moore reviewed ‘Prey of Desire’ on his blog at deancmoore.com. In the review, he writes:

“JC Gatlin reprises his role in Designated Survivor as a master of the psychological thriller in his latest offering, Prey of Desire. Once again he proves that when it comes to teen heroes, no one quite gets inside their heads better to understand the mental machinations that will lead them into increasingly hot water. Fast paced, fun, and with his usual black humor for that extra shot of adrenaline.”

To read the full review, click here.

Dean C. Moore is a thriller writer and author of “Blood Brothers: Escape to Creeporia,” “The Hundred Year Clones,” “The Renaissance 2.0” series, and many other novels. You can visit his Amazon page here.

Book Trailer for ‘The Designated Survivor’

The Designated Survivor Cover PhotoI put together a quick clip to promote ‘The Designated Survivor.’ It’s uploaded on YouTube, GoodReads and Amazon.

Last year, when I wrote this book, I hadn’t yet caught on to the importance of having a book trailer. The terms “book” and “trailer” don’t go together, until said book is optioned by Hollywood. Or you’re talking about The Trailer Park Princess and the Middle Finger of Fate by my friend, Kim Hunt Harris.

But after attending Sleuthfest 2014,  I realized that most successful authors have a book trailer that offers readers a video snapshot into the story. It’s also great promotion across social media oulets.

It’s interesting —  and entertaining — how these trailers swing from big-budget, pseudo movie trailers, to straight-forward author interviews, to inventive Indie ventures. Done right, the book trailer is essentially a short film that adds a new dimension to the back of the book summary and piques the reader’s attention.

Here’s my latest “short film.” Any feedback?

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Book Trailer for ‘Prey of Desire’

BooktrailerI spent about a week putting this together and a total investment of $212, but it’s now ready for the grand premiere: The PREY OF DESIRE book trailer!

The narrative follows the back cover description, and I really tried to give the potential reader a strong idea of the plot. That’s one of the things that always bugs me about other book trailers — after watching, I still have no idea what the story is about. I hope the text images are visually interesting, as there is no voice over. Like the book, you have to read the trailer.

The photos come from a royalty free graphics website and, let me tell you, I had to get creative to maintain continuity. I hope it works. I had some fun and took some liberties with Photoshop. (Be on the look out for the old man whose head turns in the restaurant.) The background music was the most expensive component of this trailer. Again, I purchased it from a royalty free website. I felt it set the appropriate suspenseful, slightly creepy and mysterious mood.

Overall, this was a lot of fun to create and provides solid marketing collateral to promote the book across social media platforms. It gives me something to show people at book fairs and conferences. And the next time someone asks me what the book is about, I can flip it up on my tablet and hand it to the inquisitive consumer.

Now… prepare to have your socks knocked off. :)

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‘Prey of Desire’ now available on Amazon

Prey of Desire coverThey said the disappearance of two high school students over 25 years ago was mystery that couldn’t be solved. 
No one ever said it shouldn’t be. 

Following the abrupt end of a relationship, college student Kimberly Bradford finds comfort in the friendship with her over-the-top neighbor, Mallory. And, Mallory encourages her to get back out there. She would of course if it weren’t for the thrilling little love notes and gifts she’s been receiving .

Kim thinks they’re from her ex-fiancee, not realizing he’s been murdered. Worse, whoever is sending her all the extra attention is not only in her inner-circle, but has a connection to that unsolved murder some 25 years ago. That connection puts her life in danger, and exposes secrets better left buried around her closest friends and family.

Available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com.

“This book takes readers on a joyride, through twists, turns and unexpected detours” — M.J. Joachim

The Designated Survivor Cover PhotoM.J. Joachim reviews ‘The Designated Survivor‘ on her blog, M. J. Joachim’s Writing Tips.

In the review, she describes the mystery as “fast paced, full of energy, action, adventure and excitement.” She also is including it on her Recommended Reading List (in her Romance category, oddly enough).

She summarizes the book as, “Tess is an escaped convict who meets up with a mentally disturbed man, destined to be her companion for a perfect getaway. Okay, so it’s not so perfect, after all, since he appears to be completely off his rocker.”

To read her full review, you can visit her blog at www.mjjoachim.blogspot.com/

Electively Paige reviews The Designated Survivor

The Designated Survivor Cover PhotoElectively Paige reviewed The Designated Survivor.

In the review, she writes:

“This short novella has enough action packed suspense to fill a full-length novel and I found it to be a very entertaining read.The Designated Survivor is certainly… different, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I felt like I’d never read something quite like it and I was delighted to find it a very entertaining story. The twists and turns had me on edge and I easily read this book in one setting.
“Tess is on the run after escaping from prison and hitches a ride from a not-quite-right man who is convinced she’s his(dead) wife. That’s crazy enough, not to mention the urn in the passenger seat and the body in the trunk. Yes, Tess is in for one crazy ride, and I was happy to ride–er, read along. I recommend for any fan of a quick, suspenseful read that’s a little on the quirky side! “

Long & Short Reviews features The Designated Survivor

The Designated Survivor‘ was reviewed by Long and Short Reviews.  They write:

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“It isn’t easy to reason with someone who is emotionally unstable. Injecting logic into a completely illogical belief system is even more difficult while you’re on the run and have no time to spare.

The pacing of this novella is fantastic. No sooner was I introduced to Tess and Wesley than their adventure begins in earnest. The tension rapidly escalates from that point on until the very last scene, and I was so invested in what was happening with these characters that I read the whole book in one sitting.

Numerous plot holes and connections between characters that were never fully explained lead to me give this tale a 3 star rating. A few issues with the plot were briefly brought up again later on, but given how much time had been spent on them earlier I would have liked to see more time spent discussing why these explanations are the right ones.

Small details in the descriptive paragraphs pulled me back into the action. This isn’t a typical road trip by any stretch of the imagination, but the author’s descriptions of what it feels like to carpool with someone you don’t know very well or stop at a gas station for a quick snack and stretch were right on point.

I did notice inconsistent characterization of someone who plays an important role in the plot. Their behavior shifts so much from one scene to the next that I briefly wondered if this was another clue about what was really happening with them. It would have been helpful to have confirmation of this if it is truly what the author is intending to do.

There are quite a few personality similarities between Wesley and Tess that aren’t necessarily apparent immediately. Discovering what they are is one of the best parts of reading this story because of how slowly everything is revealed. Despite the short length of this novella, the beginning in particular felt like the introduction to a full length novel. It took the time to set up everything the reader needs to know about Tess and Wesley in order to jump into what happens to them next.

The Designated Survivor kept me hooked until the final sentence. This fast-paced mystery is a good choice for anyone interested in a plot-centered story.”

You can read their  full review by clicking here ==> Long & Short Reviews: The Designated Survivor